A course that starts with two par threes followed by two par fives is a bit weird, but George Rochester knew what he was doing when he laid out the stunning Bamburgh Castle course a hundred years ago.

The course is very much as it was a century ago. Dominated by the Castle, the course is laid out on undulating links and moorland above the North Sea with views of the surrounding area. On a clear day, from the 15th tee you can see five castles stretching from Dunstanburgh in the south to Lindesfarne in the north. No wonder the hole is called The Castle.

Short by today?s standards, with six par threes, Bamburgh provides a stern test of golf. The finishing hole at 319 yards is certainly reachable by big hitters, and provides an opportunity to finish with a birdie.

Best HoleThe par three sixth, at 224 yards into the prevailing wind, plays to it’s S.I. 1.

Address: 40 The Wynding, Bamburgh, Northumberland

Tel: 01668 214321

Green fees: Weekdays; £30 round, £40 day. Weekends; £35 and £45

Restrictions: None

Web: bamburghcastlegolfclub@hotmail.com